Let the Right One In is the story of a bullied schoolboy and a lonely new-girl becoming friends in the working-class suburbs of Stockholm. Oskar, who lives with his divorced mother, occasionally sees his alcoholic father on weekends. He meets Eli, a new girl who moves in next door with a man presumed to be her father. They meet on the stark, cold playground of their apartment complex, become friends, and help one another through the trials of being young and vulnerable in an adult world. It sounds like a sweet coming-of-age story but it is not!
“The most important part of the story is the thing you don’t know.” ~Barbara Kingsolver
That is the beauty of this book. Through Julius, we see so many people and places on their own terms and our own final discomfort with the character is mainly due to our own expectations of what a human being should be.